Family of missing man increases reward for his safe return

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The family of a missing North Bethlehem Township man has increased the reward they are offering for his safe return.


George Pochiba, 88, left his 13 Crescent Road home two weeks ago and failed to return. Family members immediately began searching for him, and state police, volunteers and dozens of firefighters launched an organized search the next day.


That search was suspended June 11, less than 24 hours after Pochiba disappeared, because of a lack of new information on his whereabouts.


Since then, family members, friends and complete strangers have attempted to retrace his steps and scour the surrounding areas. They’ve put posters in local businesses throughout the county and started a Facebook page, “George Pochiba’s Search,” to help organize search times and locations.


The family also has increased a reward, now $2,000, for his safe return.


On Thursday, a candlelight vigil was be held in Pochiba’s honor at his Crescent Road home. The vigil is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. and is open to the community.


Pochiba is 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighs about 130 pounds and has balding white hair. He was last seen wearing blue Dickies pants and a blue and gray flannel shirt. Pochiba’s family said he suffers from dementia and probably does not remember his name. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.


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